by Fabius Maximus
Summary: Now that the enthusiasm has passed for COIN as the tool by which foreign armies can defeat local insurgencies, we can look back for lessons. They key insight is not that COIN failed to live up to the claims of its advocates. It’s that the claims were obviously false when made, disproved by both history and logic.
- Introduction: the rise of COIN
- The Fall of COIN
- Reason #1: COIN seldom works when used by foreign armies against local insurgents
- Reason #2: the intellectual foundation of COIN is largely bogus
- Other posts about COIN